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Himalayan Heritage Tour

Overview

One of the few tours in existence to give you a peek into the classic royal heritage of the Himalayas, this Himalayan Heritage Tour offers you nothing but luxury in the most scenic surroundings on earth – a most heavenly experience in the land of the Gods – the Himalayas. Stay in luxury palaces, country manors and heritage hotels of every type for the duration of the stay. Even the first part of the tour, the leg where you actually make your way to the Himalayas is done in true vintage style, aboard a vintage car toy train reminiscent of the era of the British.

With the majority of the tour revelling in the absence of a rigid, structured way of sightseeing, you are free to relax and enjoy the lavish opulence, luxury and the tranquil surroundings of your heritage hotels in the Himalayas. Alternatively, enjoy the sightseeing in style, at your own pace, with no pressure to move on to the next spot with other unknown travelers. You are well and truly alone, at peace and in your element with this Himalayan Heritage Tour.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Today, the first day of the Himalayan Heritage Tour, all guests are received at the Delhi Airport / Railway Station and escorted to their hotels for the night. Guests residing in Delhi or already in Delhi will begin the tour on the following day. Overnight in Delhi

Day 2: Delhi - Kalka

After breakfast, you are free to either pursue your own plans or join us for a fun-filled sightseeing tour of Delhi (Optional). Later in the evening, we checkout from the hotel and proceed to the Old Delhi Junction Railway Station to board the Kalka Mail for the first part of the journey to Shimla. The train journey ends at Kalka, which we will reach early in the morning. Overnight onboard the Kalka Mail Train in air-conditioned First Class Sleeper

Day 3: Kalka - Shimla

On arrival at Kalka Railway Station, alight from the train and make way to the platform from where the Kalka-Shimla Shivalik Express will depart. The train journey is marvellous, to say the hill, with scenic vistas rolling by as the train chugs past miles and miles of wooded slopes, through 102 tunnels and across 864 bridges. On arrival at Shimla, proceed to the Oberoi Cecil Hotel, an exclusive hotel since the time of the British Raj. Check in to the rooms pre-booked for you and relax for the rest of the day. Guests seeking a head start in their sightseeing can set out to explore Shimla, visit the Mall Road and simply soak in the scenic vistas. Overnight in Shimla

Day 4: Shimla

After breakfast, you are at leisure to explore the city of Shimla. Enjoy nice, long walks, soaking the glorious sunshine and enjoying the fresh mountain air. Visit attractions such as Christ Church, Gaiety Theatre and other attractions of Shimla. Enjoy a stroll down the Mall Road and hang out at the Ridge. Overnight in Shimla

Day 5: Shimla

After breakfast, you are at leisure to explore the city of Shimla much further. Sign up for excursions to Chail, Kufri and Naldehra Golf Course. Visit attractions such as the Jakhu Temple or simply hang out at the Mall Road. Overnight in Shimla

Day 6: Shimla - Palampur

After breakfast, check out of the hotel in Shimla. You will find a chauffeured car awaiting you for the drive to Palampur, the next destination of this Himalayan Heritage Tour. On arrival, proceed directly to the Taragarh Hotel, a palace built by the Nawab of Bhawalpur and acquired by the Royal Family of Jammu & Kashmir in the first half of the 20th Century. Check-in at the hotel, relax for a while and then set out to explore the city and enjoy its scenic surroundings that enthralled you on the drive over. Overnight in Palampur

Day 7: Palampur

After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Palampur. Local attractions that we visit include local sights such as the Neughal Khad, a 300 metres chasm in the Bundla River. Overnight in Palampur

Day 8: Palampur - Dharamshala

After breakfast, check out from your Palampur hotel and proceed to Dharamshala in the same chauffeured car. On arrival at Dharamshala, proceed directly to the hotel pre-booked for you. Check in at the hotel and relax. You can also set out to explore the immediate neighbourhood and enjoy the scenic views. Overnight in Dharamshala

Day 9: Dharamshala

After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dharamshala. Attractions that we visit include the headquarters of His Holiness Dalai Lama in McLeodganj, the Norbulingka Institute, Namgyal Monastery, the Kalachakra Temple and the Bhagsunath Temple. The sightseeing tour ends with a drop, back to the hotel. Alternatively, guests can head to the Tibetan Market and shop for souvenirs of their Himalayan Heritage Holiday Tour. Overnight in Dharamshala

Day 10: Dharamshala - Pragpur

After breakfast, check out from the hotel in Dharamshala and proceed to the next destination - Pragpur with an en-route stop at Nagarkot Fort and Brajesvari Devi Temple. On arrival, proceed directly to the Judges Court, a country manor and a heritage property with a 300-year old ancestral Cottage, set in the medieval village of Pragpur. We will stay here for 2 nights. Overnight in Pragpur

Day 11: Pragpur

After breakfast, you are at leisure to pursue your own plans. The day's programme is unstructured, which leaves you free to explore the heritage village, relax and enjoy the time warped setting of the manor, or enjoy long walks around the property, which is rich in mango, lychee, plum and citrus orchards and exotic trees like camphor, clove and cardamom. Overnight in Pragpur

Day 12: Pragpur - Nalagarh

After breakfast, check out from the hotel in Pragpur and embark on the journey to Nalagarh, where rooms have been booked in the delightful Nalagarh Fort, a 15th Century Fort and Heritage Resort. The fort commands beautiful views of forests and orchards and the area is rich in birdlife. Check in at the resort and enjoy the scenic surroundings. Overnight in Nalagarh

Day 13: Nalagarh

After breakfast, you are at leisure to explore the fort, its surroundings and nearby villages for an insight into the lifestyle of the locals. Overnight in Nalagarh

Day 14: Nalagarh - Chandigarh - Delhi

After breakfast, check out from the hotel in Nalagarh and embark on the drive to Chandigarh, where we can visit attractions such as Sukhna Lake and Rock Garden, provided we have sufficient time to visit them before it is time to board the Shatabdi Express from Chandigarh Railway Station for the return to Delhi. Once at Delhi, depending upon the time of our flight for home or to the next destination, we proceed either directly to the airport or to a hotel, where we can stay until it is time for our flight.